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University of Arizona Health and Healing Arts Festival
Presented by the University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Phoenix Campus, and Cecilia Rosales MD, MS, Director of Phoenix Programs, Associate Professor Community, Environment and Policy Division.
The day - long event was sponsored by Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center http://alacaz.org facilitated by Marcelino Quinonez.
Dr. Rosales and Marcelino
Judy Butzine co - director of the Cultural Arts Coalition: celebrating global connections and consultant with Valley of the Sun United Way (Balsz Promise Neighborhood) was invited to participate with youth from the Balsz Promise Neighborhood Youth Advisory Council.
The Mission of the Cultural Arts Coalition, Arizona: 501 (c) 3, is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization in existence since 2005, identifying, promoting, celebrating, and documenting community arts practices that stimulate social awareness and advocacy, honor diverse cultural values, and develop creative and evaluative thinking skills for personal transformation and collective change.
Guests were encouraged to create their own beaded bracelets of intentions for health and wellness.
Beads have been part of our humanity for nearly 100,000 years. They are small material representations of our ideas, values goals, and understanding of the world. Beads bring us together in community settings, nurturing ourselves and others. The CAC uses the arts, symbolism and metaphor to explore universal human themes, offering practices and ceremonies that connect to daily living and bridge life transitions.
"My bracelet shows my life, my interests and what surrounds me. Each bead has its own significance and meaning that tells a story about me." - Sandra
"My bracelet represents personal growth and development throughout my life. It also represents my desire to learn new things." - Victoria
Other workshop participants—Tai Chi... Tai Chi helps reduce stress and anxiety, increasing flexibility and balance.
The Orchard Community Learning Center Garden was on sitr
Titina’s Catering all organic foods http://www.titinascatering.com
There were community multiple guest presenters and discussions on preventive health and wellness...
The BPN YAC from Gateway Early College High School presented a power point on "Childhood Obesity".
These are students engaged in an after school program sponsored by the Balsz Promise Neighborhood with partners like Valley of the Sun United Way that focuses on developing leadership skills through community service projects.
Dr. Rosales and the audience was so impressed with the youth voices on this subject that they are being invited to speak with the U of A Masters Public Health nurses…What a special honor for these young people.
Everyone left having experienced through academic input and participation, capacities to take responsibility for their ongoing healthy bodies and minds leading to personal transformation and holistic wellness.
Gracias to All!!!
Photo narrative by judy butzine, March 4, 2014